Hard to believe it's been over a decade—13 years to be exact—since the very first time I not only set foot in Austin, but attended what was to become my all-time favorite "to do," the Lonestar Round Up (LSRU). That amount of time doesn't seem like a whole lot when you first think about it, but during that period I've raised a 10-year-old son and been through a few project cars. But through it all, two things have remained the same: I'm still doing what I love to do, and the Round Up is still kickin' some serious hind end. Period.
Much respect for these two gents: Keith Tardell (left) now resides in Texas, plying his pe
Austin is simply an amazing place in my mind—from the people (the best) to the food (the best) to the attractions (the best), the never-ending nightlife to the never-ending weekend events. Whether it's South by Southwest (SXSW), the ROT Rally, or the Round Up, seems a week doesn't go by that Austin isn't buzzing with something big going on.
Ask anyone who's ever attended the Round Up and they'll more than likely tell you the same: Just go for yourself and find out what all the hubbub's about. That hubbub, if you're wondering, is about good ol' culture—it's not just a static car show, which I've reiterated time and time again...the car show's just a portion of the entire LSRU experience. There's the kickoff barbecue on Thursday; the Round Up garage crawl Friday; cruising or hanging out on South Congress at night, taking in a show or two at any of the local venues (namely the Continental Club or its latest offshoot, C-Boys); the infamous Austin Speed Shop party Saturday; and the weekend wrap-up Tex Mex brunch Sunday. That's all on top of the car show Friday through Saturday out at Travis County Expo Center, where, again, it's more than “just a show” (live entertainment, mini bike races, and even more good eats, to name but a few things).
Jimmy Hervatin’s Keith Weesner–inspired F-1 pickup.
Another familiar name to hot rodders far and wide, Dennis McPhail (aka Artist At Large) ma
Bare-metal badassery. That’s about the only way to properly describe Heath Murray’s ’50 Ch
Model A sedans were rather predominant—and that’s not a bad thing, whatsoever. Otis Schmid
Again with the beautiful hues—this time on Byron Crump’s Radir-wheeled Deuce five-window a
Flattop Bob’s Buick Invicta is the real deal, with its proper blue and white two-tone acce
Just as the city of Austin has yet to peak (population wise), so too has the Lonestar Round Up. The Kontinentals, who've hosted the event since its inception, have done an amazing job the last 13 years staging this all-inclusive get-together, and are showing no signs of slowing down any time soon.
Coker Tire presents the Rod & Custom Fab 5 at the Lonestar Round Up
1955 Chevy Nomad
Our first Fab 5 pick for 2014 deservingly goes to Austin's very own Lee Pratt and his remarkable '55 Nomad. Long story short, though not all of the original pieces remain, the wagon is Pratt's original '55 he customized in the '60s, painstakingly restored/recreated to its former faded and candy-coated glory.
1932 Ford Four-door Sedan
Straight from its Ridler runner-up debut in Detroit last month, Don Smith's B-pillarless Model B Tudor's "Orange Crush" was finally given its time in the sun to shine brightly—and pick up a Fab 5 award in the process. Look for a full feature on this work of art in an issue coming soon!
Hood River, Oregon
1932 Ford Roadster
A "gold chainer," as his copilot (and R&C artistic contributor) Eric Black proclaimed tongue-in-cheek, David Lyon drove his Dearborn Deuce-bodied roadster down from Hood River, OR, and back for the Round Up. With its radial-wrapped artillery wheels and Vintage Air, we're sure it was a "comfy" ride Black has no complaints about!
1933 Ford Roadster
Recent R&C cover and 2013 AMBR contender Harold Chapman's '33 Ford made the Round Up thanks to its builder, Michael Kaiser (whom we erroneously listed as the owner at the time of print). Chapman put quite a few miles on the Jimmy Smith–rendered roadster, saying it was a blast to drive—not surprisingly.
Ford Model A
Lastly, but absolutely by no means least, is a Fab 5 fave, Brian Auderer's A sedan, "The Jewel." Literally finished up a couple hours before the show on Friday, the Tudor was completely freshened up by the crew at Austin Speed Shop. See the full feature starting on page 42 in this issue.